Summer 2021 exam support

In August 2020 Ofqual confirmed there will be changes to the 2021 examination series due to the impact coronavirus has had on students’ education. Here you’ll find the information you need to help you understand the changes to Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature.

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We are providing you and your students with materials specifically tailored to help you prepare for the summer 2021 exam series. Links to content support are listed below and we will let you know when further information is added as it becomes available.

Please note that the changes outlined are correct at time of publication and apply to the 2021 exam series only. For students due to be examined in 2022 these changes do not apply.

Changes to 2021 assessments

In response to feedback from English teachers to the Ofqual consultation on arrangements for the 2021 exams, we have made the following changes to the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature exams for assessment in 2021.

In order to support teachers delivering GCSE English Literature, we have eased the burden of teaching all four sections of the exam by giving students a choice between the two sections in Paper 2 optional:

  • Paper 1: Shakespeare and post 1914 text – compulsory
  • Paper 2: 19th century novel OR poetry

This means that for students sitting GCSE English Literature in 2021, they will study three of the four texts available.

For 2021, there will be two different entry codes depending on which option you choose:

  • Entry code 1ET0 N = Shakespeare, post 1914 text and 19th century novel
  • Entry code 1ET0 P = Shakespeare, post 1914 text and poetry

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Thinking about switching?

On Thursday 17 September, we held an online webinar to support any centres looking to switch to Pearson Edexcel for GCSE (9-1) English Literature for 2021. 

Please see below for the recording and slides for this presentation:

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New text additions and teaching support

In 2019, we added two new texts, two plays and a new poetry collection to our specification from a range of British authors from diverse backgrounds to give you and your students a greater choice of texts at KS4. We've been busy creating support including schemes of work, knowledge organisers and drama activities to help support your teaching of these texts.

Learn more about our new texts

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The Full English Podcast

We've recently launched our brand-new podcast where our host, Pam McLoughlin, English Product Manager and former teacher, discusses the important issues for English teachers in the UK. We'll be covering mental health and wellbeing, resilience, student potential, imposter syndrome and much more. 

Discover previous episodes and subscribe

New poetry collection from Yogesh Patel

We're delighted to share with you a new collection of South Asian and Diaspora poetry, curated by our friend Yogesh Patel and Skylark Publications. We hope this collection will help to broaden the range of poetry available for you to share with your students as part of their Literature study.

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Knowledge Organisers

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Recorded lessons

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On-demand GCSE (9-1) English Literature video lessons

Created during school closures to help support independent study, our range of free videos are designed to help students progress and continue to build their skills and knowledge on the following texts: 

An Inspector Calls, Jekyll and Hyde, A Christmas Carol, Conflict Poetry collection, The Empress, Coram Boy, Boys Don't Cry, Refugee Boy, Belonging Poetry Collection. 

Each video covers two lessons worth of content and can be delivered in school or assigned for independent study at home.

To accompany these videos, you can also download knowledge organisers from our Course Materials area.

Discover on-demand videos

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Weekly webinar series

A collection of our free GCSE English weekly webinars during school closures, with teacher and trainer Julie Hughes, with top tips and resources for both Language and Literature. 

View previous webinars and resources

Upcoming events

We hold a number of free and paid-for training events for Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) English Literature including New to Edexcel, Achieving Grades 4 and 5 and Targeting Grades 8 and 9.

Our new free webinar series with teacher and trainer with Julie Hughes, suitable for teachers of all awarding bodies is also available for booking.

Browse and book your place now